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Dickerson Park Zoo is planning major improvements this year. Michele Skalicky has more.
In a little more than a month, some major improvements will begin at Springfield's Dickerson park zoo. When all is said and done, zoo visitors will see an expanded zoo with a wider variety of animals. Mike Crocker is director of Dickerson park zoo'
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The main feature of that area will be a new elephant exhibit'
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Mike Crocker says over the next year they'll also add new primate species'
The zoo's hospital facility will be renovated and expanded and the maintenance facility expanded, and the current giraffe and elephant building will be remodeled to give the giraffes more space. Crocker says when the projects are completed; visitors will be able to visit more of the zoo property'
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The growing zoo will require additional employees'Crocker says they'll add a total of 4 new zoo keepers and 4 new maintenance workers. Dickerson Park to the south of the zoo will get new playground equipment within the next year. The 5 million dollar projects are being funded by a quarter-cent county-wide sales tax approved by voters in November, 2001. Local architecture firm h design group is working with mark Mccollow, a nationally recognized zoo design specialist on the projects.